Toilet fight earns Oregon workers $332,000 US
The Associated Press
Posted: May 22, 2012 10:13 AM ET
Last Updated: May 22, 2012 10:53 AM ET
Two workers who claimed they were forced to urinate in a bucket have been awarded $332,000 US after a jury found they were fired for complaining to Oregon regulators about the lack of an onsite toilet.
The newspaper the Oregonian reports that Douglas Eki and Xerxes (Jason) Doctolero told the state Occupational Safety and Health Division that they used the bucket because they couldn't get to a toilet fast enough.
They testified that their employer, Menzies Aviation, refused to provide them with a toilet and that using the restrooms of nearby businesses wasn't a solution because they were not welcome. The men performed mechanical work at Portland International Airport.
The state agency cited the company in August 2010 for failing to provide restrooms. The men were both fired later that month.
A company lawyer contended the men were fired because they kept using the bucket after being told not to.